Brooklyn Frontiers in Science Lecture by Professor George M. Whitesides

Lecture / Panel
For NYU Community

Brooklyn Frontiers in Science
The American Chemical Society Brooklyn Subsection
and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University present a free lecture to the public.

Brooklyn Frontiers in Science Lecture
Professor George M. Whitesides
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Harvard University

Reinventing Chemistry 

Chemistry, and the world of science and technology of which it is a part, are changing dramatically.  Biology, materials, nanotechnology, and other less familiar/popular areas offer opportunities; the decline in invention in the chemical industry, and of productivity in the pharmaceutical industry, limit opportunities. One future for chemistry is the emergence of new fields; another is absorption by other disciplines. Every area of science faces periods of maturation and reinvention. What are the indicators for chemistry at this time? Does the history of other fields offer useful lessons?

Thursday, October 25, 2012
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Pfizer Auditorium @ the Polytechnic Institute of NYU
5 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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George Whitesides’ pioneering work in molecular science focuses on understanding how molecules interact and applying that knowledge to solve real world problems. His research has led to new medical diagnostics for use in the developing world, ways to transmit information, polymer based robots, novel ways to culture cells, and molecular scale machines. His discoveries and inventions are advancing the frontiers of science across the disciplines.

George M. Whitesides is the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor at Harvard University which he joined in 1982. He received an A.B. degree from Harvard University in 1960 and a Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology (with J.D. Roberts) in 1964. He was a member of the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1963 to 1982. His research interests range from materials science, biophysics, and nanotechnology to energy production and conservation as well as origin of life and rational drug design. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering. He has received an extensive number of awards including National Medal of Science (1998), Kyoto Prize (2003), Priestly Medal (ACS) (2007), and Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences (2009).